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Geregtigheid in die struktuur van die Saligsprekings as sleutel tot die eskatologiese verstaan van Jesus as die nuwe Moses in die Bergrede

Jacobus de Wit de Koning
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 1 | a2468 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i1.2468 | © 2019 Jacobus de Wit de Koning | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 March 2019 | Published: 17 September 2019

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Jacobus de Wit de Koning, Department of Systematic Theology, Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

Righteousness in the structure of the Beatitudes as key to the eschatological understanding of Jesus as the new Moses in the Sermon on the Mount. In this article, it is indicated that the term δικαιοσύνη [righteousness] in the structure of the Beatitudes gives substance to the meaning that Matthew wants his readers to see the righteousness which must surpass that of the Scribes and the Pharisees (Mt 5:20). In addition, this righteousness can be regarded as the eschatological commandments of Jesus, the eschatological Moses, which should not be broken. This righteousness is the content of the fulfilled law and prophets, the eschatological will of God for people belonging to his kingdom. The righteousness in the structure of the Beatitudes is therefore the key to the eschatological understanding of Jesus as the new Moses in the Sermon on the Mount.

Keywords

Geregtigheid; Saligsprekings; Bergrede; Eskatologies; Gebooie; Wet; Vervulling; Righteousness; Beatitudes; Sermon on the Mount; eschatological; commands; law; fulfilment

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